Israel is now finding provision, protection, and salvation from the Lord. What of the rest of the world? This chapter is devoted to the world that lies in wickedness. At the center of it is the man of sin, the son of perdition. He is empowered by Satan and declared by His own prophet declaring his lie and convincing men to worship him. This is the unholy trinity that grips the world in devilish song and leads them into perdition. The description of this darkness is the most intriguing passages in Scripture not only to the devout but to the unbelieving world as well.
Our text begins with the context: “And I stood upon the sand of the sea….” The sand of the sea is symbolic of Israel in many places (Gen 32:12, II Sam. 17:11, Jer. 33:22). The sands of the sea are where the proud waves end at the command of God. He has set a limit to the raging waves and command that they can go no further. The image immediately brings us back to the prophetic context. It was out of the sea that the four beasts (the four last Gentile kingdoms) rose (Dan. 7:3). So it makes sense that the Antichrist comes out of the same sea. The sea in and of itself is later explained in the book of Revelation. “The waters which thou sawest…, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Rev. 17:15, see also Ps. 65:7, Isa. 60:5). This latter day beast rises out of humanity. He is the apex of the human spirit and the bloodthirsty will to power that permeates humanity. It is in the context of this beast rising out of the sea of humanity that we are more fully introduced to the beast and the prophet who proclaimed him. We get to know more about how the beast rose to power in this chapter.